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    Default Re: ON/IN a train/plane/bus

    Apart from the usual rules (on rather than in a plane, etc.) the choice of preposition can relate to size. 'I flew to New York on a Boeing 747' but 'I flew to the Isle of Islay in a Vickers Viscount'. And 'Douglas Bader flew in a Spitfire'.

    Also, the size of the compartment comes into it. People are on a plane, but the passengers are in the passenger lounge, and the pilot is in the cockpit.

    This has been discussed 'many a time and oft' [=often]. Try the threads listed at the foot of this thread.

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    Default Re: ON/IN a train/plane/bus

    2) And by the way what about helicopters? Do we say "on a helicopter" or "in a helicopter"?

    Thank you[/QUOTE]


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    (1) As all the other posters have taught you and me, SIZE seems to

    play a vital factor.

    (2) It seems that "in" is preferred for smaller copters and "on" for

    larger ones (used by the Army).

    (3) Here is a sentence from a website maintained by the United States

    government:

    "Eisenhower was the first president to ride IN a helicopter."

    (4) Then I have in my notes part of a sentence that says

    something about "available to passengers ON helicopter

    transports."

    (a) Oh!!! I just remembered something. As you know, the American

    armed forces recently landed in a certain country in order to kill a

    certain person. Why don't you read some articles about that

    attack and see which preposition was used by several different

    publications/websites. Would you let us all know the results?


    Respectfully yours,


    James


    P.S. On/in a golf cart used to drive me crazy. So I finally said

    to myself: Enough of this craziness!!! I choose "in."

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    Default Re: ON/IN a train/plane/bus

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And 'Douglas Bader flew in a Spitfire'.
    As Bader was a pilot, many of my generation would say, "Douglas Bader flew Spitfires".

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    Default Re: ON/IN a train/plane/bus

    Agreed . But if you asked 'Where's the pilot?' the answer would be in (not on) the plane'. I'm talking about his whereabouts, not his occupation.

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